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The ins and outs of restoring Carole and Clark



Film restoration isn't a one-size-fits-all endeavor; every project has to be approached in a different way. On Monday, those of you in the Los Angeles area can learn more about Universal's recent restoration of "No Man Of Her Own," the 1932 drama (with comedic overtones) best known as the lone cinematic teaming of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, several years before they became romantically teamed, eventually becoming a married couple. ("No Man Of Her Own" was released by Paramount, but Universal now owns most Paramount talking pictures issued before 1948.)

"No Man Of Her Own" will run at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Billy Wilder Theater at UCLA, and even better, you don't have to pay for it (tickets will be distributed beginning at 6:30). Universal's Bob O'Neil will be on hand to introduce the film, discuss its restoration and answer questions. (Perhaps some Lombard fans can drop by to ask when more of Carole's early Paramounts, as well as many of the studio's other relatively unseen pre-Codes, will become available for viewing on DVD or on Turner Classic Movies.)

Monday's screening is part of a weekly series which began Oct. 1 called "Out of the Past: Film Restoration Today"; next week's showing looks into restoring Hearst Metrotone newsreels. On Oct. 29, the restored all-black silent "The Flying Ace" (1926) will be shown, and the early Columbia talkie "Wall Street" (1929), with Ralph Ince portraying the cad role Warren William would make his own a few years later, is slated for Nov. 19. See the entire schedule at http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2012-10-01/out-past-film-restoration-today. (Oh, and thanks to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for making this series possible.)

And just to provide another reason to go to the Wilder this Monday night...imagine viewing a restored version of this on a large screen:

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